From the early hours dozens of people waited outside the mall with the hope that, after being closed four days, the shelves would be better stocked.
The only difference from other days was that the employees had a more polite attitude than usual and the singular fact that there were bags at all the cash registers in the market, and also the coins needed to make change, which isn’t always the case.
“They even said ‘thank you’ after we made purchases,” commented a gentleman who said he had come from Puentes Grandes in search of a box of chicken.
In the children’s play area, the kids rode their horses and carts while the parents ate pizza or drank beers.
Not a single word was said about the reasons for the closure of the market, either in the written press or in the television news.
Outside the market there was not a single informal dealer in household appliances, furniture, or electrical equipment. Instead there were many police officers imposing fines for poor parking or simply keeping watch.